Free Weather Website Templates

They're free, but use at your own risk

The scripts referenced here are used in the operation of this weather station, and may be freely copied and used to support your station. Please note that you use these scripts at your own risk. No warranty is expressed or implied. I accept no liability for any damages that may ensue from their use.
You will need to configure them for your own particular weather station website.
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A Version History is available -- check back from time to time to see if there are updates to scripts you have downloaded earlier. Announcements of version updates and new scripts are made on and Weather-Watch forums and saratogaWXPHP Twitter account as they become available.

This page was updated Monday, 26-Feb-2018 12:04 PM

PHP/AJAX Website Template Sets

This template set is based on the original HTML-only Carterlake WD templates with the addition of AJAX real-time updates and a full-PHP modular website design incorporating the TNETweather modular site design. The templates use a modified weather-screen.css to implement a fixed-width (800px) website or full-width design with built-in color/width style changer. Using PHP allows this template to require only one file to be uploaded through your weather software for symbolic substitution for weather conditions. The AJAX JavaScript reads a separate, frequently uploaded, conditions file produced by your weather software to dynamically update selected parts of the HTML on the pages to reflect really current conditions at your location.

The templates are grouped into three basic versions based on geographic location, and include the support scripts needed for that geography:

  • USA-template (for USA, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands)
  • Canada-Multingual template English/French (for Canada)
  • World-Multilingual template (for non-USA, non-Canada)

Plugins are available for weather station software:

  • New! Network (requires userid on AND DeviceID AND apiKey)
  • Cumulus
  • Meteobridge
  • Meteohub
  • Virtual Weather Station
  • Weather-Display
  • WeatherCat (Version V0.95, Build 152 or later) (Successor product to Lightsoft Weather Center (LWC))
  • WeatherLink
  • (requires a userid/password on AND DeviceID, Key for station)
  • WeatherSnoop (Version 2.1.1 or later)
  • wview
  • WxSolution

A complete template consists of a Base (determined by your geographical location) and a Plugin for your specific weather software.

Main features of the template set:

  • Modular structure for display pages on website with primary areas (top, header, sidebar, footer) controlled by included parts so global changes can be easily made to one file and shown on all pages in the site.
  • A 4-level CSS-based flyout-menu system controlled by specification in one XML file.
  • Built-in theme switcher allowing optional viewer control over website color scheme and wide/narrow aspect (with user preferences remembered by browser cookie)
  • Built-in multilingual translation capability for single-phrase lookup (English to target language) and entire-page fixed content translation.
  • Integrated support scripts for forecasts, alerts, and earthquake information appropriate to the geography selected.
  • Built-in optional debugging displays for remote site support.
  • Validated XHTML 1.0-Transitional HTML and CSS 2.1
Base Templates (images shown with VWS-plugin active)
USA template demo - click to see Canada template demo - click to see World template demo - click to see

USA languages included:
(but may add language plugins)

Canada languages included:
English, Français,

World languages included:
English, Afrikaans, български език, Català, Dansk, Nederlands, Suomi, Français, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Italiano, עִבְרִית. Norsk, Polski, Português, limba română, Español, Svenska, Slovenščina


Please follow the links below for information, download and installation/configuration guidance.

Version history (latest 20 updates)

  • Version 3.303 - 17-Mar-2020 (Base-Canada) updated quake-Canada.php V2.01 for https access/links to site
  • Version 3.302 - 27-Jan-2020 (Base-*) update check-fetch-times.php V1.28 for additional info tests
  • Version 3.301 - 24-Nov-2019 (Base-*) update get-USNO-sunmoon.php V3.03 to force use of internal calculations. The USNO site is undergoing renovation from 29-Oct-2019 to 30-Apr-2020
  • Version 3.300 - 13-Nov-2019 (Base-*) updated quake-json scripts V3.00 for added basemaps and optional tectonic plate/fault maps
  • Version 3.299 - 08-Nov-2019 (Base-USA) updated nws-all-zones-inc.php V1.01 for October NWS forecast/county Zone changes
  • Version 3.298 - 07-Nov-2019 (Base-*) updated get-metar-conditions-inc.php V1.18 to optionally use for raw METAR data;
  • Version 3.297 - 17-Oct-2019 (WLCOM-plugin) updated WLCOMtags.php V1.02 to correct some temperatures that were missing F->C conversions
  • Version 3.296 - 16-Oct-2019 (Base-Canada) updated ec-forecast.php V5.03 to change XML access URL to https on EC site
  • Version 3.295 - 08-Sep-2019 (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V5.13 for planned discontinuation of site 01-Oct-2019
  • Version 3.294 - 27-Aug-2019 (Base-Canada) updated ec-radar.php V2.05 with new allowed sites listing
  • Version 3.293 - 26-Jun-2019 (Base-USA) updated wxindex.php, Settings.php to add $SITE['WUsatellite'] entry to specify IR Satellite image to use
  • Version 3.292 - 21-May-2019 (Base-*) updated check-fetch-times.php V1.27 for .css file version checking
  • Version 3.291 - 14-May-2019 (Base-*) updated check-fetch-times.php V1.26 for additional script version checking
    (Base-USA) updated nws-alerts V1.43 to use Leaflet/OpenStreetMaps display instead of Google map display
  • Version 3.290 - 06-May-2019 (Base-Canada) updated quake-Canada.php V2.00 to use XML for data from
  • Version 3.289 - 01-May-2019 (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.12 to fix link at bottom of page to correct site for point/zone forecasts.
  • Version 3.288 - 30-Apr-2019 (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php (JSON) V5.11 to handle API change for point forecasts using cached meta-data for point->gridpoint forecasts
  • Version 3.287 - 19-Apr-2019 (Base-*) updated common.php V1.10 to add season/moon info tables to year 2030 (V1.09 ended at year 2020)
  • Version 3.286 - 17-Apr-2019 (Base-Canada) updated ec-radar.php V2.04 to add list of operating radar sites and new CASxx sites for display
  • Version 3.285 - 13-Apr-2019 (Base-USA) updated advforecast2.php V5.10 (JSON) with fix for HTTP/2 responses from
  • Version 3.284 - 22-Mar-2019 (Base-World) updated WC-forecast.php V1.04 with fix for TWC/WU JSON degree sign \xc2\xba to correct UTF-8 \xc2\xb0

A full version history is available here.

Current Template Website Statistics

Numbers are counts of template websites by template version (V2, V3) and weather software used by the website.

Weather Software V2 V3 Total
(Regional Site) 22 6 28 --- 8 8
Cumulus --- 58 58
Meteobridge --- 19 19
Meteobridge-NANO --- 1 1
Meteohub --- 10 10
VWS --- 15 15
Weather-Display 134 338 472
WeatherCat --- 11 11
WeatherLink --- 12 12 --- 2 2
WeatherSnoop --- 1 1
WsWIN --- 1 1
sint wind pi --- 1 1
weewx --- 1 1
wview --- 5 5
Totals:  156 489 645

Note: Regional Weather Network sites do not run weather station software, but do use the V2 or V3 template set. V2 template sets were based using Weather-Display software only.

Acknowledgements and thanks!